Blue-tailed damselfly

Ischnura elegans

The blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans) is a European damselfly.
Blue-tailed damselfly on White Clover, Heesch, Netherlands Happy to find it as damselflies are not that common in our garden. That said, this species is the most common of all damselflies in the Netherlands. 

We call it "Lantaarntje", Little Lantern. Which does not refer to the tail end, instead the colored stripe at the top of the thorax. I believe this to be a young male. They turn blue at a later age. Blue-tailed damselfly,Europe,Heesch,Ischnura elegans,Netherlands,World

Appearance

Adult male blue-tailed damselflies have a head and thorax patterned with blue and black. They have a largely black abdomen with very narrow pale markings where each segment joins the next. Segment eight, however, is entirely pale blue. At rest, the wings of most damselfly species are held back together, unlike dragonflies, which rest with their wings out flat. The thorax of juvenile males has a green tinge. A male can try to interfere with a mating pair, by attaching itself to the mating male.
Female blue-tailed Damselflies come in a variety of colour forms. Juveniles may be salmon pink, form rufescens; violet, form violacea and a pale green form. The colour darkens as the damselfly ages. Mature females may be blue like the male, form typica; olive green thorax and brown spot, form infuscans or pale brown thorax and brown spot, form infusca-obseleta.
Pair of Blue-tailed Damselflies mating - Axios River Delta, Greece Blue-tailed damselfly - Ischnura elegans Animalia,Arthropoda,Axios River Delta Complex,Blue-tailed Damselfly,Blue-tailed damselfly,Coenagrionidae,Damselfly,Europe,Geotagged,Greece,Insecta,Ischnura elegans,Odonata,Ramsar wetland,Spring,Wildlife

Distribution

Ischnura elegans occurs from western Europe to Japan.
Blue-tailed Damselfly Blue-tailed Damselfly: The most common damselfly in our country ;)
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Behavior

Blue-tailed Damselflies are superb fliers and can alter each of their four wing's kinematics in order to maneuver. A recent study has shown that they can compensate for a whole wing loss and even successfully maneuver and catch prey.
Blue-tailed Damselfly resting  Blue-tailed Damselfly,Ischnura elegans,Macro

Habitat

This species breeds in a wide variety of standing and slow flowing waters. It is very common at eutrophic and mesotrophic sites, but avoids acid waters. It is tolerant of salinity.
Azure Damselflies mating, Heesch, Netherlands The male is blue, the female is greenish. Shot against the light, as you can see :) Blue-tailed Damselfly,Europe,Geotagged,Heesch,Ischnura elegans,Macro,Netherlands,The Netherlands

Food

Damselfly nymphs are aquatic, and prey on small aquatic insects or other aquatic larvae. The adult damselflies prey on small flying insects, caught using their legs like a basket to scoop the prey up while flying, or insects taken from leaves.

References:

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T165479A6032596.en
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderOdonata
FamilyCoenagrionidae
GenusIschnura
SpeciesI. elegans